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GTHL Captures Third Straight OHL Gold Cup

By Kirk Budden on May 09, 2017


The GTHL Red capture the OHL Gold Cup in dominant fashion as they beat OMHA Black 3-1 in the title game. GTHL Red managed to go undefeated the entire tournament, finishing with a sparkling 5-0 record and only allowing eight goals over the five games. 

The champion Reds had a couple standouts on the team en route to victory. Both goalies were locked in throughout as Ryan Dugas and Christian Sbaraglia collectively went undefeated. Dugas played the final game, which gave him the extra win between the goalies but both posted a GAA way under 2.00 and SV% around .930, while Sbaraglia had the lone shutout between the two. 

GTHL Red head coach Gary Camilleri has been around the tournament for the last two years and this was his first as the bench boss.

“We went undefeated but we played a lot of tight games, it came down to our guys bought in more than everyone else,” Camilleri said. “As for our goalies, it was a coin toss for the final game, they were both great all tournament.”

The starting goalie for the championship game, Dugas enjoyed just being a part of the team, and the cup was just he icing on the cake.

“It’s a great experience just to be here and ending it off to win the championship is a great experience too,” Dugas said. “It’s a fun time getting to know the boys and coming together in the end to get the ‘W’ and the championship.” 

Jamieson Rees, who potted four tournament goals, including the eventual championship winning goal, was tied for the team lead in points with Ty Jackson who had four assists and seven points. 

Based on what he’d seen before, Camilleri knew this was going to be a huge tournament for the players, and one they’d remember for many years to come. 

“I look forward to coaching it, this is memorable for every kid because this where real hockey starts,” Coach Camilleri said. “You’re playing against the best players and no one is here to hold your hand and it’s up to you to step up and take advantage. “

Nineteen of the 21 players picked in the first round of the OHL priority selection draft were playing in the OHL Gold Cup, and four players were on the championship winning GTHL Red. Right winger Graeme Clarke led the charge and was picked up sixth by the Ottawa 67’s, followed by centre Jamieson Rees, ninth to the Sarnia Sting, defenceman Thomas Harley, 14th to the Mississauga Steelheads, and forward Lucas Rowe, 18th to the London Knights.

“There was a lot of parity in the tournament when it came to skill, you couldn’t find one guy that stood out above the rest,” Coach Camilleri said. “With [the GTHL], it’s surrounded by good people and the preparation they put into everything, the people in this organization have the players on a complete schedule and it builds into the success we had.”

This will be the third year in a row that a GTHL team takes home the OHL Gold Cup championship. 

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By Kirk Budden| May 09, 2017
Categories:  Major Junior|Minor Hockey
Keywords:  GTHLOHL Gold Cup

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